Jessica Mulholland, “Nature’s Nurturer”
August 15th – September 13th, 2020
Haven Gallery is pleased to present Jessica Mulholland for her second solo show at the gallery, “Nature’s Nurturer”. Mulholland’s exhibition will consist of a series of new watercolor paintings, which depicts her female protagonist on a journey to better the environment. These new works on paper utilize gold leaf and seek to showcase the direct impact we have on the earth. Mulholland’s artwork will teach us to feed the birds, plant seeds and become our own nurturer of nature.
The state of the natural world has really come to the forefront in recent years. In this mini-series I wanted to explore a few of the simple acts that many people could get involved in to do their bit to help nature to thrive again. For too long I feel people have taken for granted the nature we have right on our doorsteps.
I had already settled on this theme for my show last year, but recent world events have certainly made me stop and appreciate so much more, such as the pure magic of the flora and fauna that we share this planet with. It has been scientifically proven that our engagement with nature can have great benefits for our wellbeing. The emergence of spring here in the UK during lockdown was such a blessing. Seeing how the natural world still carried on doing its thing in such unprecedented times allowed me to still hold hope.
I feel privileged to have grown up and currently live in the Cumbrian countryside but even here there has been a major decline in wildlife since I was a small girl.
Becoming a member of a trust that supports the recovery of nature has helped me to discover many small acts I could take in a bid to help. I wanted to share some of these through my preferred language of art and illustration.
My show pieces start with the act of sewing some seeds through to reaping of the rewards from this simple act of kindness. All nature is intertwined in some way. If wildflowers thrive, insects will thrive and in turn other animals thrive due to increased habitat and food sources. You will find symbols of hope and love running through each of the pieces.
To an individual the enormity of what needs to be done may seem out of reach, but if we all play our part then it is a future that seems much more accessible. Our children are the future and we need to encourage them to become immersed in nature for the good of our planet. We depend on nature and in turn it depends on us.